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Basketball roundup: Lady Vikes win, PCA boys lose in nail-biters

Warren Central found its shooting touch just in time to pull out a needed victory.

The Lady Vikes made 11 of 12 free throws in the fourth quarter, including two by Jae’la Smith with 20 seconds left that gave them the lead for good, in a 45-44 victory over Murrah on Tuesday.

Smith finished with nine points, including eight in the fourth quarter. Ta’Miya Sims scored seven of her game-high 15 points in the final period, and Alaila Bracey scored 11 points.

“We attacked the basket and got some calls to go our way for a change, and those girls hit some big free throws down the stretch,” Warren Central coach Darein Hilliard said.

Kamren Edwards led Murrah with 10 points, and Zamaree Johnson scored eight.

Warren Central (4-12, 1-1 Region 4-6A) committed just six turnovers in the game, which helped it turn things around after losing by 37 points against Vicksburg on Saturday.

The Lady Vikes did let a 16-2 lead at the end of the first quarter slip away, but came up big when it counted down the stretch.

“Going in, watching video, and pointing out the mistakes that we’ve been making, I guess it helped. We didn’t make those mistakes today,” Hilliard said.

Porter’s Chapel 67, Benton Academy 37
Yakia Burns scored 30 points in her first action since missing five games with an ankle sprain, and Porter’s Chapel Academy drubbed Benton Academy.

Burns, PCA’s leading scorer, had six rebounds and five steals to go along with her point total, but she was not the only player with a big game Tuesday.

Tiarra Sims scored 20 points for the Lady Eagles (14-5, 3-1 MAIS District 4-2A), Zyer Smith had eight points and eight rebounds, and Bailey Andrews grabbed nine rebounds.

Hartfield 51, St. Aloysius 26
H.G. Sensing made five of Hartfield Academy’s eight 3-pointers, and finished with a game-high 17 points to lead the Lady Hawks past St. Aloysius.

Cailey Walker added 10 points for Hartfield, which sprinted out to a 25-5 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Kendyl Rice led St. Al with 12 points, and Taylor Chewning scored seven.

Benton 44, Porter’s Chapel 41

Chris Taylor scored 18 points, and Tyler Washington hit a shot with three seconds left to send the game into overtime, but Porter’s Chapel Academy was not able to pull out a win Tuesday against Benton Academy.

Lawson Selby had seven points and Willie Rogers finished with six points and seven rebounds for PCA (6-7, 1-3 MAIS District 4-2A).

Washington finished with five points and 11 rebounds for the Eagles. His shot late in regulation tied the game at 36, but Benton Academy hit a 3-pointer with about a minute left in overtime to take a two-possession lead and held on at the end.

Hartfield 83, St. Aloysius 19
Jonathan Lucas scored 16 points and Josh Lee had 10 — all in the first quarter — as Hartfield Academy jumped out to a huge lead and easily defeated St. Aloysius.

Lucas and Lee accounted for most of Hartfield’s points in the opening quarter, as it took a 34-8 lead. The Hawks then held St. Al to only one field goal and three points — all by Will Keen — in the second quarter to expand the lead to 52-11 by halftime.

Bryson Redmon added 11 points and Dawson Pike eight as Hartfield cleared its bench in the second half. Fourteen of the 18 players on its roster scored a point.

Padre Gray led St. Al with eight points and Carter Magee scored six.

Murrah 50, Warren Central 39
A cold spell in the second quarter spelled doom for Warren Central on Tuesday.

The Vikings only scored three points in the second quarter — all on free throws — and built an 11-point deficit they were never able to make up in a loss to Region 4-6A rival Murrah.

Avaughn Johnson led Murrah with 18 points, Jamaal Esco scored 14, and Joseph Dupree 10.

Travis Williams made three 3-pointers and scored a game-high 19 points for Warren Central. Darrton Allen finished with nine points, and Del’Jayvien Harried scored seven.